Bulldog men aim to build with youthful group in 2021-22

UMD men's basketball coach Justin Wieck.
UMD men's basketball coach Justin Wieck.(KBJR)
Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 11:24 PM CST
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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) - The UMD men’s basketball team is aiming to build with their youth in the 2021-22 season.

After playing just 13 games last season, their five returning upperclassmen hope to improve on that 6-7 record.

“Everybody on our team has gotten better, which is a great thing. We’re still young maybe to some other teams in our league, but we’ve got the talent to do it every single night. For us, it’s going to be about how well we come together, how fast we mature, and how well we can play defense,” said head coach Justin Wieck.

They also hope to improve on their depth and bench scoring, after the majority of their offensive production came from their starting lineup a year ago.

“I think the freshman to sophomore jump is I would say the biggest leap that you take in college basketball. Especially last year, those guys haven’t really tasted what a college basketball season is like traveling... so I think it’ll be cool for us older guys to see how they transform into that,” said junior guard Drew Blair.

UMD was picked to finish sixth in the NSIC, and third in the North Division. They’ll open their season with the American Family Insurance Classic at Romano Gym this weekend.

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